4 Easy Steps Everyone Can Take To Prepare Their Home For Winter
We all know how important it is to stay warm during the colder months of the year. But, did you know: cold winter days can have a significant effect on both your home and your wallet? By following a few quick, simple steps—and spending little to no money at all—you could ultimately knock hundreds of dollars off your utilities bills in the long run.
1. Turn down your water heater
Lowering the temperature of your water heater can reduce your water heating costs by up to 10 percent. Most conventional water heaters are set by installers to 140 degrees Fahrenheit, but lowering the temperature to 120 degrees Fahrenheit would still work appropriately.
2. Make a draft snake
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, incoming drafts can waste up to 30 percent of your energy use! To make a draft snake, simply place a rolled bath towel (or a similar material) under a drafty door to keep the cool air from coming in. This will help both you and your home stay warm.
3. Be aware of your thermostat
For every degree that you lower your thermostat during heating season, you’ll save up to 3 percent on your heating bill. While it’s easy to just set it and forget it, turning the heat down when you leave your home is one of the easiest ways to save money. In remembering to do so, the average family can save up to $180 per year in the winter months!
4. Use caulking and weather stripping
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, finding ways to avoid simple leaks can reduce a home’s energy efficiency by about 30 percent each year. To caulk or weather strip properly, take a close look at places where two different building materials meet (think: corners, along foundations and where pipes and wires exit) and seal where necessary.
Questions? Feel free to ask.